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31 August 2016

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Rush Limbaugh got real

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the implications of Limbaugh's recent admission that he never took Trump seriously on immigration. Play entire video

In Trump we trust?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus assess how much Trump can soften his immigration stance without alienating his base.

Is Hillary really all that hawkish?

Robert Wright and journalist Jim Lobe discuss whether Hillary’s interventionism has been overstated by the left. Plus: How neocons paved the way for Trump.

A “fleeting unity” against Trump

Sam Tanenhaus discusses the emerging alliance between the liberal and conservative establishments. Plus: Forgiving Trump.

Trump as national gatekeeper

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss the candidate’s attempted pivot on immigration policy. Plus: Has Trumpism maxed out?

How to talk about religious beliefs

Professor Daniel Ogilvie shares his experience getting students to reflect on their ideas about the soul. Plus: When the afterlife became a reward.

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What’s religion good for?

Philip Menchaca and Jessica Sherry consider what “cargo cults” show about the function of religion. Plus: The unique beliefs of the John Frum movement.

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Will AI lead to greater inequality?

Robin Hanson and James Hughes consider the economic effects of future tech. Plus: Robot “zombies” vs. conscious AI.

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The importance of philosophy

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci on why the discipline is more than a series of intellectual exercises. Plus: Making progress in ethics.

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Rational Actors

Rich in the Rust Belt

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Kevin Glass and journalist John Davidson discuss why poverty boosts support for Trump even among those with above-average incomes.

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A critique so nice he wrote it twice

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David Ottlinger tells the creation story behind Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Prolegomena. Plus: Kant the revolutionary.

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Combating the “narcissism epidemic”

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Robert Wright and Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God, consider the need for moral education in a secular age. Plus: Death deserves discussion.

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The DMZ

How the GOP can rebuild

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Matt Lewis outlines what must happen for the Republican party to “correct itself.” Plus: Is Trump’s endgame Trump TV?

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What is Psychedelic Buddhism?

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Douglas Osto, author of Altered States, describes a new kind of American spirituality that has emerged since the 1960s. Plus: Gateway drugs to Buddhism.

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The DMZ

Why political narratives matter

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Matt Lewis argues that the post-election story Republicans tell themselves will determine whether the GOP successfully modernizes. Plus: The possible damage of a protest vote.